Barbados Rum Geographical Indication is Getting Nearer to Being a Actuality

    I do know that I am not scripting this column regularly anymore, however this is a vital improvement within the rum world and price reporting on.  It is a story issued in “The Spirits Enterprise” e-mail and price studying.

Foursquare Ageing Warehouse

     Following a
disagreement over the phrases of a geographical indication (GI) for Barbados rum,
Richard Seale, proprietor of Foursquare Distillery, mentioned the laws would
place “now restrictions” on manufacturing strategies. 
Three distillers, Foursquare, Mount Homosexual and Saint Nicholas Abbey, mentioned
they’ve collectively agreed a GI for Barbados rum as ready by the Barbados
Funding and Improvement Company (BIDC) in session with its authorized
counsel.   Foursquare, Mount Homosexual and
Saint Nicholas Abbey added that they’re the biggest bottlers of Barbados rum,
and collectively maintain greater than 90% of the island’s aged liquid.
St. Nicholas Abbey Nonetheless
     A part of the proposed
GI would require any Barbados rum to be totally matured on the island.   Larry Warren, proprietor of Saint Nicholas
Abbey, mentioned: “The worth of rum will increase because it matures. We can not afford the
lack of Foreign exchange earnings by letting this manufacturing step occur outdoors of
Barbados.”   Nevertheless, a fourth distillery
in Barbados, the West Indies Rum Distillery (WIRD), has beforehand expressed
that it want to see larger flexibility inside GI guidelines.  The WIRD agreed a GI was vital to guard
the way forward for Barbados rum, however known as for what it described as an “inclusive,
not unique” set of laws. As such, it has not lent its assist to the
proposed GI.
     The Barbados
authorities requested the BIDC to gather every producer’s view on the GI and to
define a standard proposal. Nevertheless, the federal government is not going to approve the
laws for a GI till all 4 distilleries agree on its phrases.    Foursquare, Mount Homosexual and Saint Nicholas
Abbey all argue that the proposed GI “offers ample room for innovation”. They
highlighted that there are not any restrictions on the kind of stills that may be
used to make Barbados rum, and that lengthy and brief fermantations can be
permitted.   Moreover, producers would
have the ability to use recent juice, syrup or molasses. Any yeast pressure can be utilized,
however non-saccharomyces strains should be native, whereas solely Barbados water would
be permitted in rum manufacturing.
   Concerning maturation,
producers must use new oak or refill casks from an inventory of acknowledged
wine and
spirits denominations to age Barbados rum. Age statements would have
to seek advice from the youngest spirit used and vats wouldn’t be acceptable for age
statements.   Any addition of sugar syrup
or flavorings can be prohibited, however caramel coloring “below strict
pointers” can be allowed for consistency.  
Seale mentioned: “At Foursquare, we have now gained a fame for innovation.
I’m joyful to say the Barbados GI locations no restrictions on our rum-making
     Foursquare, Mount Homosexual
and Saint Nicholas Abbey additionally famous that below their proposed GI laws,
there can be no ban on making non-compliant rums. The group of distillers
added that below EU spirits laws, a Barbados distillate aged in France
and sweetened utilizing sugar syrup, or any type of sweetening agent, would achieve
French provenance.
West Indies Rum Distillery (WIRD) Pot Nonetheless
     Whereas WIRD has
expressed its assist for a number of factors throughout the proposed GI – together with the
requirement for Barbadian rum to be fermented and distilled solely in Barbados –
it disagreed with the maturation necessities.  
WIRD mentioned it favored “obligatory tropical ageing” in Barbados for at
least one 12 months, however argued the “historic apply” of ‘double-ageing’ –
involving a secondary maturation interval abroad – “should even be
preserved”, so long as manufacturers are clear about this course of.
WIRD issued a
assertion on behalf of its managing director, Andrew Hassell, and Alexandre
Gabriel, proprietor and grasp blender at French drinks maker Maison Ferrand, which
acquired WIRD in 2017.   The assertion,
given solely to The Spirits Enterprise in December, mentioned:
“Our take [is] the GI is defending your complete historical past of Barbados rum-making.
There are methods which were documented and used for a whole lot of years
and we at West Indies Rum Distillery have been making rums this fashion for over a
     “There are additionally many
exterior paperwork [that] show rum has been made in various, innovate methods and
we encourage you to learn them. Why ought to we handcuff future generations of rum
makers to at least one explicit type of rum and result in rum standardization in
Barbados?   “We at West Indies Rum
Distillery are all for an inclusive GI, not an unique GI. We’re preventing to
shield the heritage of rum and its future.”
The distillery was additionally in favor of utilizing “each sort of
food-grade wooden”. It mentioned that traditionally, rum was matured in a wide range of
woods, similar to chestnut, mulberry and acacia.  
“We’d like to have the ability to revive this distinctive heritage, which affords
fascinating style profiles to be rediscovered,” mentioned WIRD. “Limiting Barbados
to American oak barrels or to oak barrels can be a terrific mistake that will
obliterate historic practices.”

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